Bridging the Gap from Juvenile Hall Incarceration to Community College Higher Education
Funded by the Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) Committee
Project Change is a collaborative year-long bridge program providing outreach and mentorship to students in transition from Hillcrest Juvenile Hall to CSM. The project is designed to ensure they make a successful transition into higher education and fulfill their educational goals. Students will enroll in Pathway to College (Learning Center summer bridge), which will jump-start their fall semester while providing extra help with English and mathematics, placement testing, and early registration.
Additionally, students will be matched with both peer and faculty/staff mentors from across the disciplines for the academic year; mentors provide academic guidance and support. Student support services counselors and staff are also available to ensure students receive all services for which they are eligible. Project Change collaborates with CSM faculty and staff across the disciplines, student support services, the Learning Center, Gateway Community School, and the local non-profit organization Each One Reach One.
CSM's Project Change is designed for students who:
- Have recently been in Hillcrest Juvenile Hall
- Have attended or are attending Gateway Community School
- Will enroll in pre-transfer level math and/or English
- Are motivated to make the transition to college
- Are interested in having support and guidance while starting the first year in college